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Ontario Association of Art Galleries

THEMATIC EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR: Budget over $20,000

CounterIntelligence Thematic
A Project by Charles Stankievech 
Organizer: Barbara Fischer
Exhibition Coordinator: Christopher Régimbal
Program Coordinator: Rebecca Gimmi
Installation Team: Dax Morrison, Alana Leprich
Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid
Produced by Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, 2014

Jury Comments: The depth and scope involved in putting this extensive list of artists, thinkers, theorists and writers together illustrates the depth of the methodical and intellectual rigour of this project

This rigour manifests in both the exhibition installation and the writing.

The exhibition design transforms entry to the gallery into an interrogation chamber that illustrates the thesis of the project

Ambitious intervention by Abbas Akhavan

Functions as a speculative investigation about the military, surveillance and the avant-garde 

The more you interrogate the project the more you discover

Unique hybrid artist/curatorial project

MONOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR: Budget over $20,000

Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again Monographic
Cassandra Getty and Grant Arnold, Curators
Cassandra Getty, Gallery Coordinator
Myfanwy MacLeod, Artist
Ross Bell, Ron Benner, Paul Dreossi, Wyn Geleynse, Troy Ouellette, Gallery Installation Team
Museum London and Vancouver Art Gallery, 2013

Jury Comments: The curatorial and conceptual rigour of this mid-career survey

Careful consideration in terms of the placement and contrast

Captures practice of artist from London to Vancouver

Creation of two new works solely for the Museum London exhibition venue

Use of space, media and display methodologies in the installation to reflect the artists multidisciplinary practice grounded in the aesthetics of the everyday

THEMATIC EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR: Budget under $20,000

Coming to Terms Thematic
John G. Hampton, Curator
Rebecca Gimmi, Christopher Régimbal, Exhibition Coordinators
Dax Morrison, Gallery Installation
James Clar, Simon Glass, Thea Jones, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Carl Trahan, Nicoline van Harskamp, Haegue Yang, Artists
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, and Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, 2013-2014

Jury Comments: An exceptional offsite curatorial program

  • Thematic groupshow
  • Use and purpose of the Jackman Humanities Institute at University of Toronto
  • Intellectually rigorous
  • Sensitivity of the installation to the context of the space
  • Made use of office spaces, blackboards, public venues
  • Diverse selection of artists and media
  • Addressing notions of knowledge and learning
  • Acknowledging both the researchers and the general public


MONOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR: Budget under $20,000

Jimmy Limit: Recent Advancements Monographic
Marcie Bronson, Curator
Jimmy Limit, Artist
Jimmy Limit, Marcie Bronson, Matthew Tegel, Danny Custodio, Jesse Harris, Gallery Installation Team
Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, St. Catharines, 2014

Jury Comments: An amazing intervention of the artist’s colourful readymade forms and photographs juxtaposed within the heritage aspects of the gallery

Marriage between the practice and the historical intricacies of the space

Integration of the outdoor spaces and columns helps to align the physical and historical context of the space

Playful and cheeky comment inserting consumer forms and colours into  the context of the gallery


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INNOVATION IN A COLLECTIONS-BASED EXHIBITION (Inaugural Award)

Other Electricities: Works from the AGW Collection
cheyanne turions, Curator and Designer
Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, AGW, Project Manager
Nicole McCabe: Curatorial Coordinator
Stephen Nilsson, Chief Preparator, and Chris Hummer, Gallery Installation Team
Art Gallery of Windsor, 2013-2014

Jury Comments:

  • Collections intervention
  • Successful pairing and contrast of artworks from the collection
  • Incorporating historical and contemporary works of art
  • Indigenous sovereignity
  • Around the theme of colonialization
  • Sensitive juxtaposition and exploration of relationship between colonial and indigenous cultures
  • Online publication, strong texts
  • Considered
  • Rigourous
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EXHIBITION DESIGN AND INSTALLATION AWARD/ PRIX DU DESIGN ET DE L’INSTALLATION DE L'EXPOSITION

Sara Angelucci: Provenance Unknown 
Emelie Chhangur, Curator and Designer
Emelie Chhangur & Suzanne Carte, Exhibition Coordinators
Installation Team: Michael Beynon, Luigi Discenza, Craig Allan Marshall, Carmen Schroeder
Sara Angelucci, Artist and Designer
Art Gallery of York University, 2013

Jury Comments: The exceptional exhibition installation and design heightens the experience of this thoughtfully presented exhibition of photography and video

  • Audio elements
  • Borrowed vitrine, settee and painting of the walls adds to the notion of a parlour
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CURATORIAL WRITING AWARDS / PRIX DES TEXTES DE CONSERVATION



Major Essay
Charles Stankievech
“CounterIntelligence,” CounterIntelligence
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, 2014

Jury Comments: A remarkable compendium addressing themes connecting the military and avant garde artistic practices. A speculative history of 20th and 21st century military tactics, surveillance and avant gardist strategies.

Essay
Michael J. Prokopow
“Out of the Ordinary: An Te Liu and MONO NO MA"
An Te Liu MONO NO MA
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2013

Jury Comments: Incisive and rigorously written observation of the artist’s practice in the context of the Modernist project, his interests in architecture and subsequent development of a new body of ceramic works of art

 

Short Essay
John Kissick
"Racing to the un-finish line: The Drawings – Ron Shuebrook"
Ron Shuebrook: Drawings
Thames Art Gallery with Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery, 2013

Jury Comments: Smart, personal and fresh
Interesting exploration and insights of the medium of drawing the resonance of process as an ongoing artistic struggle using drawing as a metaphor for exploration

 

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ART WRITING AWARD / PRIX DU TEXTE SUR L'ART

Other Essay
Luis Jacob 

"Where there's a Will there's a Way"
Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic 
Art Gallery of York University, 2013

Jury Comments: Poetic, rich, rewarding exploration of the practice and person of Will Munro
Personal and diaristic reflection of the Toronto queer community and history

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PUBLIC PROGRAM AWARD / PRIX DU PROGRAMME PUBLIC

KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House 
Allyson Mitchell, Artist
Emelie Chhangur and Allyson Mitchell, Curators
Brette Gabel, Hazel Meyer, Amy Lockhart, Lena Suksi, Deirdre Logue, Jesi the Elder, Dustin Wilson, Johnson Ngo, and Emelie Chhangur, Core Artistic Collaborators  
Felice Shays, Andrew Harwood, Lee Airton, The Jolly Goods, Christina Zeidler, Gretchen Phillips, Mo Angelos, Natalie Kouri-Towe, Dainty Smith, Shawna Dempsey, Moynan King, Carolyn Taylor, Chelsey Lichtman, Eli Campanaro, Tracy Tidgwell, Jamie Zarowitz, LJ Roberts, Silky Shoemaker, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Dana Bishop Root, Jess Dobkin, Trixie & Beever, Lorri Millan, M-C MacPhee, Golboo Amani, Steph Markowitz, Juli(a) Rivera, Anni Spadafora, Kalale Dalton, Coral Short, Shary Boyle, Hazel Meyer, Lena Suksi, Werner Hirsch, FASTWÜRMS, Rachael Shannon, Jesi the Elder, Flare Smyth, Aleesa Cohene, Karen Frostitution, Jen Markowitz, Marcilyn Cianfarani, Kim Crosby, Ann Cvetkovich, Ann Pellegrini, Sarah Schulman, Deirdre Logue, Emelie Chhangur, Philip Monk, Chris Mitchell, Brette Gabel, Johnson Ngo, Suzanne Carte, Allyson Mitchell, Amy Lockhart, Dustin Wilson, Judy Virago, Alex Tigchelaar, Laurel, and Fatima, Performers/Participants
Art Gallery of York University, 2013

Jury Comments: This was an exceptional public program that reached out far beyond the walls of the gallery

  • Unique combination of a performance event and a durational project
  • Long term research project incorporating 100 participants
  • Skill sharing crafts and social organizing
  • Pedagogical approach
  • Deep Lez, FAG, feminism, craft, sexuality, etc.
  • Mentoring possibilities between senior and emerging artists
  • Garnered national and international attention and attracted 5000 visitors
  • 1000 people at the opening night, cued for 3 hours…
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EDUCATION AWARD / PRIX DE L'ÉDUCATION

CENTRE FOR INCIDENTAL ACTIVISMS (CIA) #2 & If We Ruled The World
Allyson Adley, Suzanne Carte, Emelie Chhangur, and Michael Maranda, Educators
Maggie Flynn, Ame Henderson, Jp King, Terrarea (Janis Demkiw, Emily Hogg, Olia Mishchenko), The M.A.D. Poet (aka Melissa A. Dean), Mark "Kurupt" Stoddart, Chevy Eugene, Gabriela Aguilera, Kareem Bennett, Aliyah-Suvannah Burey, Sabrina Gajadhar, Destiny Henry, Salee Korn, Moose, Deshawn Williams, Evan Webber, Shannon Cochrane, Malcom Sutton, Jeremy McCormick Swintak, Don Miller, Sandy Plotnikoff, Sebastian Butt, Deirdre Fraser, Jiva Mackay, Rachel Gorman, Philip Monk, Nadar Hasan, Felix Kalmenson, Jessica Karuhanga, Megan Kinch, Amee Le, Farrah Miranda, Mohammed Mohsen, Grey Muldoon, Lido Pimienta, Wing Yee Tong, Santiago Escobar, Barbara Balfour, Kalli Paakspuu, Wendy McGuire, Elaine Bowen, Ian Garrett, Jennifer Fisher, Eunice Belidor, Mary Dyja, Sky Maule-O’Brien, archiTEXT Zahra Ebrahim, Sherry Lin Artists & Contributors
Art Gallery of York University, 2014

Jury Comments: CIA#2 was an innovative education outreach program that transformed the gallery as a creative platform, an active production site for the diverse youth in the Jane and Finch community,

  • Duration
  • Scope
  • Community
  • Dynamic
  • Reinvisioned the university gallery as a laboratory for research, investigation and production
  • Interdisciplinary program
  • Encompassing diverging perspectives
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ART PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR / PRIX DE LA PUBLICATION D'ART

Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic
Emelie Chhangur and Philip Monk, Curators Michael Maranda, Editor and Coordinator
Emelie Chhangur, Philip Monk, Luis Jacob, Leila Pourtavaf, Bruce LaBruce, Writers
Lisa Kiss Design, Designer
Art Gallery of York University, 2013

Jury Comments: This exceptional publication is a moving testament to the artistic practice and personality of Will Munro as well as a snapshot capturing the energy and vitality of his contributions towards bringing together various facets of the Queer community in Toronto.

 

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DESIGN AWARDS / PRIX DU DESIGN

Ame Henderson and Evan Webber (concept) Jp King and Jeremy McCormick Art Book
Encyclopaedia of Incidental Activisms
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, with Ame Henderson and Evan Webber, January 29, 2014, from 7 to 8 pm

Jury Comments:

  • good management of text as only visual element
  • subtle and smart choices of colour, paper stock, typeface
  • very conceptual format delivered through good use of paper stock and production quality

Albino Tavares, Black Dog Publishing Art Book
Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again
Museum London, Vancouver Art Gallery, Black Dog Publishing, 2014

Jury Comments:

  • bold design choices, but compliment the work + reader experience
  • consistent, good pacing, image-forward, dynamic
  • easy to engage with

Simon Guibord and Sébastien Aubin Catalogue
In the Flesh / En chair et en os : Dana Claxton, Lance Belanger, Brad Isaacs, Meryl McMaster
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa, 2013

Jury Comments:

  • intimate experience with scale, texture, paper choice
  • smart layout choices in use of images + translation
  • innovative use of typeface
  • distinct use of typography and colour application. Well organized and a lot of attention to production details

Lisa Kiss Design Catalogue
Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic
Art Gallery of York University, 2013

Jurry Comments:

  • ambitious but very well executed
  • risky choices but done tastefully, always in service of the work
  • bold visuals, well placed layout
  • great use of materials on the cover. The design delivers the persona of Will Munroe in a very dynamic and authentic manner

Chany Lagueux, Criterium design Catalogue
field notes and other backstories: Hajra Waheed
Art Gallery of Windsor, 2013

Jury Comments:

  • wonderful cover detailing
  • excellent use of negative space, well balanced
  • very strong typeface/text plate layout
  • fine use of binding/stitching and format. Very refine use of typographic system and great showcase of the visuals

Ken Ogawa Catalogue
The Collaborationists: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Art Gallery of Hamilton, 2013

Jury Comments:

  • excellent photographic representation of work and smart use of installation shots in pacing
  • layout of text is excellent

Katie Thibert Catalogue
L.O. Today
Museum London, 2014

Jury Comments:

  • good interpretation of sensibility of work in the design
  • titling/typeface is contemporary + captures spirit of work without being gimmicky or kitsch
  • good use of white space


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KEY PARTNER AWARD

The City of Windsor
49-year lease agreement with the Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Gallery of Windsor

Jurry Comments:

  • This represents a unique partnership in that the public art gallery was able to go to the city work on the development of this partnership
  • This project is an example to other municipalities who are looking for ways to support and promote arts and culture in their communities
  • The City of Windsor, through this project, has demonstrated that it acknowledges the importance of arts and culture to the greater community
  • This project will allow the gallery to focus on its core programmes, and deliver good work
  • It will lead to other partnership opportunities for the art gallery and its new neighbor, the Windsor Museum
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VOLUNTEER AWARD / PRIX DU BÉNÉVOLAT

Ben Gianni
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa

Jurry Comments:

  • Ben is an example of someone with an impressive background who uses his skills for the betterment and advancement of the art gallery
  • He sets a high standard for volunteer board members in the arts community
  • He has made an exceptional donation of his time and talents
  • He intends to maintain his relationship with the art gallery and help with the implementation of the project.
  • His commitment to the gallery is deep and sincere
  • Through this project, he will have made a substantial and significant difference to the OAG


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Marnie Fleming
Oakville Galleries

Jurry Comments:

  • She has made her mark on the contemporary Canadian art scene
  • She was instrumental in nurturing many artists across the country and helped them start their careers
  • She helped guide the art gallery’s collection development
  • She had a diverse set of experiences in the gallery (education, curatorial, administration) that helped shape the art gallery and its mission
  • She has made a huge contribution to the discussion of Canadian art on both the provincial and national level
  • “She deserves this award!”


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HONOURABLE MENTIONS

30 Objects, 30 Insights
Rachel Gotlieb and Karine Tsoumis, Editors
Sandra Alfoldy, Anne Anderson, Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, Meredith Chilton, Donna Corbin, Helen Delacretaz, Antoinette Faÿ-Hallé, Rachel Gotlieb, Paul Greenhalgh, Mimi Hellman, Ellen Huang, Susan Jefferies, Peter Kaellgren, Claudia Lehner-Jobst, Sarah Milroy, Dorie Reents-Budet, Dame Rosalind Savill, Ezra Shales, Simon Spero, Karine Tsoumis, Julia Weber, Timothy Wilson, Rosalie Wise Sharp, Hilary Young, Writers
Rachel Gotlieb, Coordinator
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2014

 

Milutin Gubash 
Shannon Anderson (English), Colette Tougas and Monica Haim (French), Editors
Shirley Madill, Sandra Dyck, Crystal Mowry, Ryan Doherty, Marie-Claude Landry, Curators
Shirley Madill and Crystal Mowry, Coordinators
Sylvain Campeau, Sandra Dyck, Annie Gauthier, Katarina Gubash (neé Urosevic), Marie-Claude Landry, Shirley Madill, Crystal Mowry, Mathilde Roman, writers
Pata Macedo, Designer
Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, Carleton University Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Musée d’art de Joliette, 2013


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